Third Sunday of Easter
15 April 2018
“I am the good shepherd.
The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
St. John 10.11
The Good Shepherd Cares for His Sheep
Our Lord Jesus is the Good Shepherd (St. John 10.11–16). He is not like the hireling, who cares nothing for the sheep and only for himself, who flees when he sees the wolf coming. Rather, Jesus is the Good Shepherd who seeks out His scattered sheep to deliver them (Ezekiel 34.11–16). He gathers them and feeds them in rich pasture. He binds up the broken and strengthens the sick. He lays down His life for wandering and wayward sheep. On the cross, Christ bore in His body the attacks of the predators of sin and death and the devil for you that you might be saved. He now lives to restore your soul in the still waters of baptism, to lead you in the paths of righteousness by the voice of His Gospel, to prepare the table of His holy supper before you, that you may dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Psalm 23). “For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls” (1 Peter 2.25).
Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God by Mr. & Mrs. Kris Bilyeu in honor of their anniversary and in memory of their mothers.
Private Confession and Absolution is offered this Thursday, 5-6pm, in the Nave. Enter via the Narthex doors and wait in the Narthex for others to leave via the south door.
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The Word Of God Sustains the Christian: Adult Bible Class on Sunday is finishing its study of the book of Exodus, and will shortly begin a study of the letter to the Hebrews. Now is the time to join in (or come back if you’ve missed lately) and be blessed to know our Lord Jesus more and more through His holy, precious, life-giving Word.
Education and Edification Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast hosted by Pastor Todd Wilken and produced by Lutheran Public Radio. This week’s topics include: Men & Church, Christian Privilege, Making the Case for Life to Millennials, Megachurch Pastor Mark Driscoll’s Return, Deaf Ministry and more. You can listen live or at your convenience at www.issuesetc.organd on the LPR mobile app.
At The End of the Divine Service
Unless health or old age prohibits it, all Christians are highly encouraged to join the procession out the Narthex and wait patiently to greet the pastor and vicar at the end of the Divine Service. If you must leave by the south door at the front of the Nave, please wait until the final hymn has been sung to its completion before departing. Thank you, Pastor Sutton.
Prepare for Next Sunday
Isaiah 40.25–31; 1 Peter 2.11–20; St. John 16.16–22
Hymns: 478 – 666 – 483 – 461 – 756 – 462 – 490
Order of Daily Prayer
L: Make haste, O + God, to deliver me.
R: Make haste to help me, O Lord.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen
[S] from Divine Service
[M] St. John 5.1-17; Micah 2.1-13
[T] St. John 5.18-30; Isaiah 30.1-33
[W] St. John 5.31-47; Jeremiah 3.1-25
[Th] St. John 6.16-29; Ezekiel 34.1-11
[F] St. John 6.30-40; Ezekiel 34.12-22
[S] St. John 6.41-59; Ezekiel 34.23-31
Hymn of the Day or Month
L: Lord, have mercy upon us; R: Christ, have mercy upon us; Lord, have mercy upon us.
Collect of the Day (bulletin)
Luther’s Morning or Evening Prayer
L: Bless we the Lord. R: Thanks be to God.